T H E C A L L O F T H E M O U N T A I N
Landmannalaugar's emerald sand, Ísland
"Well, of course people think it is very strange how a mountain could be a father. But not to me, at all. Because, very soon, I saw that humans live in symbols. So much of their life really in terms of symbols. And that a mountain is just minerals. No culture exists, no old culture has looked at the mountain as minerals! On the contrary, they have always looked at very strong symbols. For instance, the contact between the earthy life and heaven. Gods are very rarely thought of to live anywhere. They live in heaven or they live on top of mountains or are mountains. Some mountains are holy in so many cultures. You speak to them and you ask them for good advice, and so on.
Only a mountain can get me that view with this fantastic horizon, and where you feel also powerful, at the same as you are very, very small, that is important philosophically. That the less you are in relation to the surroundings, the stars and the mountain, the more you intensely feel that you somehow symbolically get part of it. You get greater. You get on par with it. You get to feel good with it. So, the more tiny you are, the more in some sense you are together with something great and therefore, get something of that greatness."
/Arne Næss, "The call of the Mountian. Arne Næss and the Deep Ecology Movement"
The project was initiated with support of Kulturkontakt Nord